Denver Bar Association
November 2007
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Picture This: DBA Happenings


Volunteers Get Appreciated

The DBA Access to Justice Committee and the Public Legal Education Department thanked many members and other attorneys for volunteering their time to the DBA AJC and PLE programs at a dinner held inside the Grant-Humphrey’s Mansion in Denver on Sept. 26. Frank Schuchat, founding member of Schuchat Herzog & Brenman and chair of the CBA International Law Section, entertained with a stand-up comedy act. Thank you to the following sponsors: Pepe J Mendez & Associates PC, Special Counsel and Geico.

Top right: DBA President Elsa Martinez Tenreiro. Top left: Comedian Frank Schuchat. Bottom left: Paul Chan, former DBA president, and DBA/CBA Assistant Executive Director Dana Collier Smith. Bottom right, from left: Hon. Andrew Armatas, Matthew E. Willis and John Wilkinson

Turner Receives Arthritis Foundation Award


From left: Chuck’s son Brian, Chuck, Brian’s daughter Caroline,
Chuck’s wife Debbie and son David.

Charles "Chuck" Turner, executive director of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations, received the Eleanor P. Williams Arthritis Award in recognition of a career that has "been distinguished by the highest caliber of legal service and by a broad humanitarian contribution within his community."

Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year

The Colorado Bar Association, along with its Paralegal Committee, awarded Susan Cole of Arnold & Porter the Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year at the Sixth Annual Award Luncheon on Sept. 27 in which 112 people attended.


From left: Connie Talmage, executive director, Colorado Lawyers Committee; Susan Cole, Arnold & Porter, the award recipient; DBA President Elsa Martinez Tenreiro.

Diversity a MUST!


Top center: DBA President Elsa Martinez Tenreiro,
who spoke at the Diversity Conference on Sept. 20.

The 2007 Diversity Conference held on Sept. 20 proved to be a success as panelists discussed programs implemented within their organizations that have worked and failed, and the lessons learned. Participants left with an understanding of the value of a diversity professional within an organization. They came away from this session with valuable tools for implementing their own diversity program in their organization.

Professionalism in the Courtroom

On Sept. 20, the Bench-Bar Committee held its first in a series of brown-bag lunches this year. The event was entitled "Professionalism in the Courtroom: What Judges Expect from Lawyers," and the response was tremendous with nearly 100 people, including several judges in the audience. The Committee specifically wishes to thank the three panelists (pictured above): Denver District Court judges Hon. Christina Habas (right), Hon. Shelley Gilman (left) and Hon. Martin Egelhoff (center). It also wishes to thank the event attendees for their active and enthusiastic participation in the discussion, which made for an informative and educational session for both the judges and lawyers.

From the mouths of members…

What is on your iPod/mp3 player?

"I’m on a country kick right now. I’ve been listening to Waylon Jennings and George Strait."

— Matthew E. Willis

"I have been listening to the ‘Just Because’ polka featuring Jimmy Sturr and Willie Nelson."

— Gretchen Testerman

"Snow Patrol, The Killers and My Chemical Romance, sprinkled with Garth Brooks, Toby Keith and, of course, Neil Diamond."

— Chris Rockers


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